Digital Console for Live and Studio with 40 Input-Channels, 32 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers and 25 Mix Buses
Designing A Future Classic
Our goal for M32 was to combine the best of classic British console designs with advanced modern technology to completely redefine what a medium-format live console can offer.
We began the industrial design process by drawing inspiration from a somewhat unexpected source – the luxury and high-performance car industry.
Industry-Leading 192 kHz Precision
The groundbreaking M32 console combines legendary Midas sound quality with advanced digital technology, future-proof floating point audio engine, extremely low-latency design and industry-leading 192 kHz ADC and DAC converters, creating a revolutionary mid-format live console. M32 features ultra-sleek styling, offering you a truly luxurious mixing experience. High-end construction materials include carbon fibre provide unparalleled durability and strength, plus substantially lower weight than comparable consoles.
The M32 utilises award-winning Midas PRO Series microphone preamplifiers and the custom-designed Midas PRO motorised faders that are rated for 1 million life cycles-three times more than other leading consoles.
The Midas M32 is a future-forward console that completely raises the bar for live mixing.
Built for Tomorrow
The M32 is a console built for today, and tomorrow – its rock-solid proprietary operating system and the 0.8 ms audio engine provide outstanding state-of-the-art audio performance for years to come.
Award-Winning MIDAS Mic Preamplifier
The MIDAS mic preamp is considered by leading live sound and recording engineers to be the very essence of the famous MIDAS sound. More than 40 years of design experience paired with the fi nest choice of premium-grade components lead to the acclaimed warmth and depth, bring out subtle ambience, maintain spatial positioning, and more effectively capture a precise image. The acclaimed sound of the award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifier has inspired generations of live sound engineers to their best work, creating sonic landscapes that have captivated audiences worldwide.
Creating Sonic Landscapes
The MIDAS preamplifier design eliminates typical imbalances of gain-setting stages, thereby improving the common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) and harmonic distortion to an almost immeasurable level. The constant high-frequency bandwidth topology assures excellent stability, RF rejection and noise performance at all gain levels, contributing to its transparent, open and dynamic sound. But it doesn’t end there, over the years many mix engineers have found that this robust and overload-tolerant design takes on a whole new dimension of sound when driven hard, the pristine audiophile reproduction giving way to just the right combination of harmonics, a warm and organic sound heard by millions of concertgoers and recorded for posterity on countless live albums over the years. Since pristine sound always begins with the microphone preamplifier, the first point where your signal enters the console, M32 features genuine MIDAS microphone preamplifiers which faithfully reproduce every sonic detail so no part of a performance will ever be missed. Transparent and pristine sound, low noise and high common-mode rejection are all hallmarks of this classic design. The microphone preamplifiers are the very same ones used in the industry standard MIDAS XL4 and HERITAGE 3000 consoles, which many consider to be the greatest analogue live consoles ever built. The M32 draws from this same legacy to bring you an elite professional level of audio quality and performance.
Your “Mind-to-Sound” Interface
M32 is your “mind-to-sound” interface – the intersection of creativity and production.
Whether you’re accustomed to digital mixers or not, the M32’s intuitive user interface offers a fluid mixing experience that instantly feels like home.
From the first moments of use, the workflow unfolds in a way that strips away obstacles, distractions, and hesitation.
Gain Splitting and Remote Control for FOH and Monitoring
A new Gain Split mode separates channel gain (trim) from the head amp gain, allowing both the FOH and/or the monitor engineer to adjust local trim digitally – and independently of the preamp gain.
Additionally, the new HA Gain Remote option allows console gains to be remotely controlled by an external console, such as when using the M32 as a stage box.
More Routing and Processing Flexibility
The M32’s routing becomes even more flexible with this recent firmware upgrade. Output signals and XLR outputs are now treated separately, allowing signals from AES50 sources or expansion cards to be routed directly to the M32’s analogue outputs.
Mighty New Tools for Scene and Show Management
Introducing the Cue List, an innovative way to automate the loading of scenes and new “Snippets” at different points during a show. Each of the 500 Cue entries can load any of the 100 Scenes or Snippets separately or at the same time. This gives you an amazing total of 500 Cues x 100 Scenes x 100 Snippets!
For example, store your favorite EQ settings for drums on channels 1 – 8 as a Snippet, recallable in an instant as its own preset, completely independent of the console’s overall scene. It’s like taking a snapshot of a parameter on an input, return, FX slot, bus, Matrix, Main or DCA group – and saving it for quick access whenever you need it.
Virtual Effects Racks
M32 includes an extensive array of onboard effects, rendering outboard processing racks a thing of the past. The Virtual FX rack features 8 true-stereo, studio-grade effects engines each assignable to any input, group or output mix bus. Choose from high-end FX modules including a range of reverbs, delays, EQs, dynamics and much more.
You Are Connected
Each M32 comes loaded with all of the connectivity, I/O and functionality you need, right out of the box – but it doesn’t end there. Onboard USB 2.0 connectivity delivers a full 32 x 32 channels of audio and MIDI to your DAW. Integrated multi-channel digital audio interfaces connect to remote stage boxes and/or the P16 Personal Monitor System. Native Ethernet control enables remote operation by computer, iPad or iPhone over a wired or wireless network, across the room – or across the planet! Dual AES50 network ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK SuperMAC technology support up to 96 inputs and 96 outputs over shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, allowing remote stage boxes and sharing signals among several connected M32s and other MIDAS, KLARK TEKNIK and AES50-equipped products. On-board ULTRANET provides a 16-channel digital mix direct to P16 Personal Monitor Mixers, without added hardware, cost or latency. Ethernet, USB and MIDI are all standard features on M32. An additional expansion slot is also included, so that the M32 can connect to current and future digital audio networks and link protocols via a wide range of expansion cards including USB, FireWire*, ADAT*, MADI and Audinate Dante*.
A versatile powerhouse of a live console, the M32 also provides robust studio functionality. Record and play back up to 32 tracks which run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems or Mac computers via integrated USB 2.0 connectivity. M32 supports a variety of sample rates, allowing you to record up to 32 tracks of live audio directly to your computer for mixing down later. Take advantage of M32’s built-in FX engines to augment your DAW’s plug-in collection, or to free up valuable computer resources. M32’s recall capability makes it easy for both project and professional studio engineers to stay organised by storing projects as scenes, either internally or externally on a USB stick.
Optional Expansion Cards
The M32’s expansion slot provides flexible and expandable connectivity for many different applications. A wide array of KLARK TEKNIK expansion cards can easily be used in place of the pre-installed DN32-USB card to release the power of M32 into existing MADI*, Dante* and ADAT networks. Fully compatible with these widely available audio protocols, the M32 delivers a seamless integration in digital live sound, recording and broadcast environments.
DAW Ready-MIDI Plus Mackie Control* & HUI* Protocols
Thanks to its onboard MIDI ports, the M32 console can function as a high-level, large-format control surface, similar to Mackie Control and HUI, and integrates seamlessly with most popular DAW platforms. M32’s motorised faders can be used to send position information to the onscreen DAW faders, while each bus’ mute and solo buttons control their onscreen counterparts. This powerful control surface relationship, which functions bidirectionally between the M32 and your DAW, allows you to work more quickly and attend to the finer nuances of the overall mix. After all, mixing with your hands puts you in “touch” with your project, providing a level of finesse that can mean the difference between a good recording session-and a work of art! Or, would you rather use a mouse?
Live performance and studio recording digital console with up to 40 simultaneous input channels
32 award-winning Midas microphone preamplifiers
25 time-aligned and phase-coherent mix buses
AES50 networking allows up to 96 inputs and 96 outputs
192 kHz ADC and DAC converters for outstanding audio performance
Industry-leading design by Bentley* Motors Designer
High-performance carbon fibre, aluminium and high-impact steel structure
40 bit floating point digital signal processing
8 DCA and 6 mute groups
8 stereo signal processing effects engines
25 Midas PRO motorised 100 mm faders
Daylight viewable 7″ full colour TFT display screen
32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface
DAW remote control emulations of Mackie Control* and HUI* protocols
Optional wireless remote control with Midas Apps for iPhone* and iPad*
Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply